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Pfizer BioNTech vaccine

India scraps local trials for COVID shots, says Pfizer vaccine could arrive by July
World

India scraps local trials for COVID shots, says Pfizer vaccine could arrive by July

  • The world's second-most populous country this month recorded its highest monthly COVID-19 death toll since the pandemic began last year, accounting for just over a third of the overall total.
  • India reported 211,298 new infections on Thursday, the world's highest daily rise, but nearly half the daily infections it recorded earlier this month.
Published 27 May, 2021 06:55pm
Brazil to receive 1 million Pfizer vaccine doses on Thursday
World

Brazil to receive 1 million Pfizer vaccine doses on Thursday

  • Over the weekend, the health ministry announced that 30% fewer vaccines had been received between January and April than expected. Queiroga said the Covax facility, an international cooperation to assist countries secure vaccines, had moved up the expected delivery of 2 million doses to May.
Published 28 Apr, 2021 08:22pm
South Korea signs with Pfizer for additional 40mn COVID-19 vaccine doses
Business & Finance

South Korea signs with Pfizer for additional 40mn COVID-19 vaccine doses

  • It added that it had secured a total 192 million doses of vaccines, including those from Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca PLC, Johnson & Johnson's and Novavax.
  • "The government has acquired COVID-19 vaccines large enough to vaccinate approximately 100 million people...(which) is double the entire population of South Korea," Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol told a briefing.
Published 24 Apr, 2021 05:58pm
Dubai expands vaccine eligibility in certain cases
World

Dubai expands vaccine eligibility in certain cases

  • In a Twitter post, the media office said this was in line with the latest international studies and guidelines on coronavirus vaccines.
  • It also said the DHA was cutting the time frame of vaccine eligibility for those who have previously contracted COVID-19 to 10 days from three months, provided the case was mild or asymptomatic.
Published 17 Apr, 2021 04:53pm
Pfizer says working on new COVID-19 vaccine supply deal to Israel
Business & Finance

Pfizer says working on new COVID-19 vaccine supply deal to Israel

  • Pfizer and its partner BioNTech agreed in November to supply Israel with an undisclosed number of COVID-19 vaccines and Israel's Finance Ministry has said it paid some 2.6 billion shekels ($785 million).
  • Israel's government is seeking to secure 36 million more Pfizer/BioNTech doses for use as booster shots or for children once they are eligible, but that hit a snag last week over political infighting.
Published 05 Apr, 2021 09:23pm
Turkey begins administering Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 shots
World

Turkey begins administering Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 shots

  • Turkey has so far delivered 16.5 million vaccine doses nationwide, including more than 7 million people who have received a second dose of the shots developed by China's Sinovac Biotech.
  • A total of 2.8 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have arrived in Turkey, with that number expected to reach 4.5 million in the coming days, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Wednesday.
Published 02 Apr, 2021 06:21pm
Pfizer COVID-19 shot 91pc effective in updated data, protective against South African variant
World

Pfizer COVID-19 shot 91pc effective in updated data, protective against South African variant

  • The shot was also 100% effective in preventing illness among trial participants in South Africa, where a new variant called B1351 is dominant, though the number of those participants was relatively small at 800.
  • While the new overall efficacy rate of 91.3% is lower than the 95% originally reported in November for its 44,000-person trial, a number of variants have become more prevalent around the world since then.
Published 01 Apr, 2021 06:23pm
Europe to get 4mn more Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 shots this month
World

Europe to get 4mn more Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 shots this month

  • The doses to vaccinate two million people will be supplied in addition to the planned deliveries, to ease border movement and to tackle virus hotspots, the Commission said.
  • "To tackle aggressive variants of the virus and to improve the situation in hotspots, quick and decisive action is necessary," the president of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said.
Updated 10 Mar, 2021 07:24pm
Hungary may start Russia's Sputnik shots next week, says PM
World

Hungary may start Russia's Sputnik shots next week, says PM

  • It is scheduled to receive 600,000 doses of Sputnik and another half a million doses of China's Sinopharm vaccine this month.
  • Orban said so far 264,530 Hungarians - healthcare workers and the most vulnerable elderly - have received at least one shot from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Published 05 Feb, 2021 05:48pm
Serbia gets first batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
World

Serbia gets first batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

  • An airplane unloading containers with 4,875 doses of vaccines. The vaccines were later taken to the Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera, known as the "Torlak", in Belgrade.
  • "The immunisation, most probably, will start next week," Mirsad Djerlek, state secretary in the health ministry, told reporters in front of the "Torlak" Institute building.
Published 22 Dec, 2020 05:33pm
More than 40pc of Spaniards willing to get COVID-19 vaccine
World

More than 40pc of Spaniards willing to get COVID-19 vaccine

  • While 28% of respondents in the survey by the Centre for Sociological Studies (CIS) said they would not take the vaccine immediately.
  • The EU drug regulator is expected to decide on Monday on approval for the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech after the shot was authorised in several countries.
Published 21 Dec, 2020 06:39pm